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Letter: Wall must be part of border security

Enough is enough. It is time that the individuals elected to represent the law-abiding citizens of the United States started to honor the duties and responsibilities of the office they chose.

It is time that those elected to represent the citizens of the United States stopped representing the illegal immigrants here in the USA. By representing those who have entered the USA illegally, our representatives have placed the security of the immigrants before the security of law-abiding citizens.

It is time that our representatives stopped ignoring history and provide what is required to secure our borders. For those who have a rudimentary knowledge of history, barriers and walls have been used throughout history to secure borders, compounds, houses and homes. Our military forces use barriers and walls to secure compounds they use when fighting a war. Without the protection of barriers and walls, our military forces would be devastated in battle.

We have been promised a secure border since the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. We have yet to see that secure border in the form of barriers and walls. Our border cannot be secured by technology alone. If we wish to have a secure a border, we must have a combination of a man-made barrier, geographical barrier, technology barrier and physical wall. A combination of these items must be in place so that all areas of our border are covered.

Enough infighting. It is time those who were elected to legislate did just that by placing in legislation. The failure to pass legislation that includes funds needed to protect law-abiding citizens is the only thing that will provide national security required for a sovereign nation.

— Ray Shamlin

Rocky Mount

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